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Open season, the time during which federal workers can switch enrollments in health insurance plans, begins Nov. 12 and run through Dec. 10 this year. The Office of Personnel Management announced in September that premiums for nonpostal enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase an average of 3.4 percent in 2013. To achieve that increase, government contributions will rise 3.3 percent, while participants on average will pay 3.7 percent more in 2013. In dollars, that means FEHB enrollees with self-only coverage will pay on average $2.75 more per biweekly pay period and enrollees with family coverage will pay an average of $6.39 extra per pay period.

Health care remains an important issue for most Americans, and a politically hot topic with the continued implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. FEHBP is widely considered a model health insurance program but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to change or criticism. Tell us how you view your health insurance coverage and whether you plan to make any changes during this year’s Open Season.

We are always looking for stories to improve our coverage and better serve our readers. If you’ve got specific kudos or complaints about FEHBP, please send them to klunney@govexec.com.





















Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.

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